Hey I found a new forum to " to muss up"... the (MY) old beater toshiba laptop ( 1new lcd, -1usb port, alittle surface mount component soldering,several power jack "redos") 12hrs/7/365 is getting perilously close to fragmentation.So I started looking around and as usual stepping out of the market for a few years and trying to get back up to speed is like trying to take a drink from a firehose."Duocore/triplecore/quadcore" mania! I do everyday stuff: ebay,e-mailing ,alot of photo editing, video watching;I'd like to get into simple video editing eventually. I am not and have no real intention of becoming a "gamer". the current slave ("flog monkey" ) on the desk is a 15"toshiba satelite, pentium4, running xp, under 2g ram (?). I'm sure any step up to a modern multicore machine is going to get an "ohhh face" and make my eyes spin like a cartoon one armed bandit in a nursing home. I see AMD is.5 step behind intel for the serious game geeks who think nothing of buying a mother board and chipset, overclocking the processor in the backseat on the way out of the parking lot. But The real question:I can't see paying big bucks for a super processor. How does the Amd multicore family stackup in real everyday use? Or is it intel all the way? I 've also found neg comments re 64 vs 32 bit hardware(?) What's the "geekspeak" on the latest consumer hardware? Any experience or recommendations would be helpful.( we are jsp buy the hp from the hp store online kinda folks and have had goodluck with hp. Never touched a mac except that one time in a nudie bar in Tulsa. and the cops still can't prove that. oh yeah I've just about got the cfo talked into a budget of $1000. I certainly don't need anything more expensive than that. Have at it and Thankyou in advance; any replies will be helpful.